Thankfulness Across the Globe

It’s that time of year when we are surrounded by reminders to be thankful. Here at Yobel we are blessed to train entrepreneurs in developing communities around the world. We are reminded of their thankfulness through the conversations we have with them and the surveys we receive. Here is just a smattering of quotes from those amazing entrepreneurs and what they’re thankful for in 2015.

In expressing their thanks to Yobel, these entrepreneurs are expressing their gratitude to the entire network of people who make it possible for them to receive this training. So please hear their expression of gratitude as thanks to you for supporting the vision and mission of Yobel. Without you, this training and these opportunities would be impossible. Thank you!

Trainees in Kigumba, Uganda.

Trainees in Kigumba, Uganda.

Aru, Democratic Republic of Congo (Trained February 2015)

“I found the training was wonderful. It was wonderful because it taught us how to live in society and how to organize ourselves.” -Ezania Antoinette, 24, mother of 1, employee of a sewing cooperative, plans to open a dress making business

“Thank you very much and when you come back to bring more knowledge and great things.” -Edrako Mawa Celline, 20, employee of a sewing cooperative

Totonga Bomoi's training group in Aru, DRC.

Totonga Bomoi's training group in Aru, DRC.

Kigumba, Uganda (Trained March 2015)

“My family will be happy because my life will be completely different than it was before.” -Khalongo Isaac, 32, father of 4, plans to open a construction business

“Thank you and God bless us!” - Abby David, 27 year old male, caretaker of 4 children, maize farmer and cattle seller

“After the Yobel training, with the knowledge I learned about savings, I was able to save for 1 year, start a 2nd business, build a house, and take in an orphan. Now I have 3 businesses” - Olusa Abel, 33, father of 2, owner of 3 businesses

“I am happy.” - Jane Omaya, 40, mother of 6, owner of a tailoring business

“I thank God for wonderful program. Thank you to facilitators that have been giving us knowledge.” -Okato John Bosco, 40, caretaker of 8 children, plans to open a produce busines

Trainees in Kigumba, Uganda celebrating graduation from the Entrepreneurial Training.

Trainees in Kigumba, Uganda celebrating graduation from the Entrepreneurial Training.

Kyakitanga, Uganda (Trained March 2015)

“Thank you for coming and opening our eyes to the knowledge of business!” -Topiesta Namara, 48, widow, completed 2nd grade, currently sells tea, plans to open a clothing shop

“Thank you. You've helped us really!” -Kigozi Marjorie, 34, raises goats, plans to open a general store

Trainees in Kyakitanga, Uganda playing the human knot game to learn about leadership and teamwork.

Trainees in Kyakitanga, Uganda playing the human knot game to learn about leadership and teamwork.

Byumba, Rwanda (Trained July 2014; 6-12 month surveys collected March 2015)

“I got fearless to start a new business I had [dreamed of] many years ago, to see products [made] on time, to make customers faithful to me.” -Mukamuhire Josephine, 42, Kibali, married

“Life changed because of the experience I got from trainings and I share everything with my family members and plan together” -Kaburame Emmanuel, 56, Byumba, married, father of 5, plans to own a hen breeding business

“Thank you for brethren in Jesus. Be blessed all.” -Mukiza Ferdinand, 23, completed 6th grad

Trainees in Byumba, Rwanda.

Trainees in Byumba, Rwanda.

Musanze, Rwanda (Trained July 2014; 6-12 month surveys collected March 2015)

“I really thank Yobel International as their training has changed my lifestyle.” -Kayites Caritas, 44. mother of 4, tailor, plans to open a hair salon

“I do appreciate the Yobel training as it helped change my life.” -Mugabushaka Calioppe, 41, tailor with plans to expand his current business

Calioppe celebrating his creation at the training Musanze, Rwanda.

Calioppe celebrating his creation at the training Musanze, Rwanda.

Soroti, Uganda (Trained August 2014; 6-12 month surveys collected March 2015)

“My business is growing. I thank God for bringing Yobel to train us on business. My life is doing well now than before the training.” -Atwano Joice, 35, completed 2nd grade, mother of 7 children, owner of a retail shop

“My life is now changed because I know what I have saved. My spirit is filled with joy.” -Atwano Joice, 35, completed 2nd grade, mother of 7 children, owner of a retail shop

“I am thanking God for good work He has given me” -Eyagu Samuel, 24, plans to open a butcher shop

“The training gave me joy and hope. It eliminated my fear.” -Promise, 20, survivor of human trafficking

“My life has changed from sadness to know joy, because of my business.” -Anyodo Selina, 65, completed 2nd grade, single mother, caretaker of 5 orphans, owner of a produce business

Photo courtesy of Beauty for Ashes Uganda.

Photo courtesy of Beauty for Ashes Uganda.

Mwenze, Tanzania (Trained July 2015)

“I would like to thank all who helped make this.” -Lydia Mgarabi, 34, mother of 3, owner of a tailoring business

“I would like to thank the teacher for giving good instruction and answering all questions” -Rebecca Marton, 17 years old, plans to open a dress sho

Celebrating with trainees in Kigumba, Uganda.

Celebrating with trainees in Kigumba, Uganda.

We are thankful to have the opportunity to invest in global entrepreneurs and share in their joy and transformed lives! Thank YOU for your support of them as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!